UN Human Rights Council: Any mention of the word “sharia” is now taboo

Muslim countries win concession regarding religious debates

* UN body says only religious scholars should be allowed to discuss
matters of faith

Pakistan Daily Times 

GENEVA: Muslim countries have won a battle to prevent Islam from being criticised during debates by the UN Human Rights Council. Religions deserve special protection because any debate about faith is bound to be “very complex, very sensitive and very intense”, council President Doru-Romulus Costea said Wednesday.

Egyptian Copts pray for church


 Priest Thimosaois Yanni stands before the altar
The National , Nadia abou el Magd, Foreign Correspondent

KAFR El SHEIKH // The smell of burnt wood is heavy in the air at the Sanctuary of the Church of the Virgin Mary, in northern Egypt, after a fire this week swept through one of Christianity's most important landmarks.

Terrorism: Italian PM and Christian convert targets of Islamist death threats


Dubai, 17 June (AKI) - (By Hamza Boccolini) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and a prominent Italian journalist who recently converted to Christianity, are the targets of new death threats posted on one of the most popular Islamist websites said to be close to al-Qaeda, on Tuesday.

Saudi wife arrested after going for an illegal drive

Daily Mail 

A woman has been arrested for breaking Saudi Arabia's ban on female drivers.She was stopped by a police patrol after driving six miles to collect her husband near their home in the town of Buraida.

Egypt stops arab man, 92, from marrying girl of17y.

The Guardian 

Authorities in Cairo have banned a 92-year-old Gulf Arab man from marrying a 17-year-old Egyptian girl, under laws brought in to counter the increasing number of wealthy Gulf men travelling to the impoverished Egyptian countryside to find much younger, temporary brides.

The ministry of justice invoked a law that says the age gap between spouses should not exceed 25 years, the Egyptian Al-Akhbar newspaper reported. In an indication of how prevalent such marriages are becoming, Al-Akhbar reported that 173 couples with more than 25 years between them wed last year, via a loophole in the law that allows a foreign man to take a much younger bride in exchange for depositing about $80,000 (£41,000) in the Egyptian national bank.


Church appeals ‘secretive’ ruling; three officials said to be instigators remain free.

ISTANBUL, (Compass Direct News) – In a snap ruling that surprised local Christians, an Ethiopian court has sentenced three Muslim men to life imprisonment for a deadly machete attack on two churches last March.

California: Muslim polygamist guilty of torturing 2 wives, 19 children

Fox News  

MURRIETA, Calif. —  A self-described polygamist was convicted Wednesday of charges that he starved, tortured and abused his two wives and many of his 19 children and stepchildren.

Failed London bomber's wife jailed for 15 years

LONDON (AFP) - The wife of one of the failed 2005 London suicide bombers was jailed for 15 years Thursday, after being found guilty of failing to tell the police about the terrorist plot.Yeshi Girma, 32, knew her husband Hussain Osman was planning to unleash carnage in the failed July 21, 2005 attacks and could have stopped the attempted bombings, England's Old Bailey central criminal court heard.


By leaving Islam, ‘apostate’ loses right because he ‘has no creed.’

ISTANBUL, (Compass Direct News) – A Jordanian Islamic law court has annulled the marriage of a former Muslim because of his conversion to Christianity.

The North Amman Sharia Court in April dissolved the marriage of Mohammad Abbad, on trial for apostasy, or leaving Islam.

Baroness Cox raises the question of Religious Freedom

with Egypt at the House of Lords. 

Egyptian government abuses will be discussed at the June EU-Egypt political sub-committee established under the European neighbourhood policy action plan.


Egypt: Human Rights

Baroness Cox asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 10 March (WA 199), whether their welcome of the ruling of the Egyptian Supreme Administrative Court on 10 February took account of the referral of Article 47 of the civil and personal status law to the Egyptian High Constitutional Court to determine its compatibility with Article II of the Egyptian constitution. [HL3815]

Christianity 'discriminated against by Gordon Brown's Government'


Christianity is being discriminated against by the Government in favour of Islam and other minority faiths, according to a landmark Church of England report.

The damning critique of Labour, which is endorsed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, says ministers are only paying "lip service" to the Anglican Church while "focusing intently" on other religions.

LCHR condemns Abu Fana Monastery attack, Egyptian government’s indifferent response to incident

The Leadership Council for Human Rights condemns the recent attacks on Egypt’s Abu Fana Monastery and is outraged by Cairo’s lack of response to this latest assault on the nation’s beleaguered Coptic Christian minority.

The May 31 attacks occurred in Mallawi, in Egypt’s El Minya Province.  According to news reports and our colleagues at the Coptic Assembly of America (CAA), a mob of least 60 men carrying automatic weapons stormed the monastery, destroying and burning property, including two on-site churches and crops on monastic farmland.

Egyptian Christian killed by Muslim neighbour: security official


A Coptic Christian youth has been stabbed to death by a Muslim neighbour in southern Egypt, the latest violent incident between members of the two faiths, a security source said on Friday.

Milad Ibrahim Farag, 20, was attacked overnight in the village of Dafash by Khamis Eid Abdel Halim, 21, and died on route to hospital, the source said.

Another murder raises fears of sectarian strife

By Magdy Samaan

AP Photo/Hossam Ali

Coptic Christians Pope Shenouda III, centre, visits an Egyptian Coptic monk, under treatment at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt Friday, June 6, 2008. The monk was injured during bloody clashes between Muslims and Christians last Saturday in a village near the southern city of Minya.

CAIRO: Hundreds of Copts demonstrated yesterday in Samalout, Minya, following the murder of a Copt. At the same time, in Nazlet El Seman, Giza, a fire broke out on the roof of the Mary Girgis Church.

Officials stressed that both incidents are criminal and are not sectarian.

Pope steers clear of Abo Fana clashes 

By Magdy Samaan

A woman touches Pope Shenouda III, as he blesses members of his congregation during his first public appearance at the Abbasiya cathedral in Cairo, on June 4, after an extended trip abroad for medical treatment.

CAIRO: Pope Shenouda III, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Patriarch of Alexandria and the See of St. Mark, avoided discussing the attack on Abo Fana Monastery during his weekly meeting with the Coptic congregation.

The Pope was expected to address the incident, which is  thought to be a sectarian clash. He had cut his extended medical trip to the US short and returned to Cairo on Wednesday following the attack.

British Broadcasting Corporation

Guantanamo 9/11 suspects on trial

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed at time of capture in 2003

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is said to be al-Qaeda's number three

The alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on the US and four other key suspects have appeared at a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was captured in Pakistan in 2003, dismissed the trial as an "inquisition".

He said he had had five years "under torture" and wished to become a martyr.

Mail Online

You can't preach the Bible here, this is a Muslim area

(What a community policeman told two Christians)

naeemBy Steve Doughty and Andy Dolan

Two Christian preachers were stopped from handing out Bible extracts by police because they were in a Muslim area, it was claimed yesterday.

They say they were told by a Muslim police community support officer that they could not preach there and that attempting to convert Muslims to Christianity was a hate crime.

Egypt Copts protest against attacks

The Abu Fana monastery was damaged

Calm has returned to Deir Abu Fana, a village 210km south of Egypt's capital, Cairo, after the release of three monks abducted amid tensions between Muslims and Coptic Christians.

One killed, four injured in Egypt monastery clash

  Convent of the Virgin Mary

MINYA, Egypt (AFP) 

One Muslim man was killed and four Coptic Christians, including two monks, injured Saturday when a land dispute involving a historic monastery in Egypt turned violent, a security official said.

Britain Tries To Keep The Influence Of Radical Islam Out Of Schools 

Digital Journal 

Recently, the British government has given a warning that school children are at risk of being manipulated by Islamic extremists.

Ed Balls, the British Secretary for Children, Schools and Families, gave a warning that school children were at risk of being exposed to Islamic extremism. He has brought up fears that these children could be new recruits for militant Islamic movements. Balls has urged teachers to attack the problem early by winning the “hearts and minds.”

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